Health Law Advocates (HLA) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm whose mission is to provide pro bono legal representation to low-income residents experiencing difficulty accessing or paying for needed medical services. HLA is committed to ensuring universal access to quality health care in Massachusetts, particularly for those who are most at risk due to such factors as race, gender, disability, age, or geographic location. With its partner organization, Health Care For All, HLA combines legal expertise with grassroots organizing and policy reform to advance the statewide movement for universal health care access.
HLA provides free legal assistance to income-eligible individuals who live or work in Massachusetts and are having difficulty obtaining health care or insurance coverage. HLA also provides help to consumers who have incurred medical debt due to wrongful denials by payors, inadequate insurance screenings by providers, or unfair or deceptive trade practices by payors or providers. We accept cases related to:
In general, to be eligible for our services, a client should have income no greater than 300% of Federal Poverty Level Guidelines and lack other financial means to afford a private lawyer. As of January 2014, 300% of the Federal Poverty Level is $35,010 annually for an individual and $71,550 annually for a family of four.
When you contact HLA, we will determine whether you are eligible for HLA's services. This may require an intake interview by telephone.
If we do not accept your case, we will try to refer you elsewhere for help. If you do not live or work in Massachusetts, we recommend that you contact a legal aid office or attorney referral service in your area. A local legal aid office will be better able to direct you to someone who can help in your state.
HLA provides legal representation in matters that affect access to health care for groups of consumers and communities in Massachusetts. We accomplish this through pursuing impact lawsuits in the courts and other avenues, including working with community health care coalitions. Our projects and accomplishments include:
For more information about HLA's impact work, check out Priority Areas.
HLA advances the cause of health care justice in other ways, including: